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For Immediate Release: March 02, 2009

Attorneys General Meet with Federal Officials to Discuss State-Federal Cooperation

Credit Card Crisis, Social Networking Sites, and Supreme Court Cases are Issues on Spring Meeting Agenda

Washington, DC---Forty-three Attorneys General will convene in Washington, DC over the next three days to meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and others to discuss pressing state-federal legal issues. The agenda is all part of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Spring Meeting, March 2-4, at the Fairmont Hotel.

“We are in the midst of trying times as a nation and it is critical that we have increased cooperation between state and federal government,” said NAAG President and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch. “As the chief legal officers of our respective jurisdictions, Attorneys General will use our time here to establish working relationships within the new administration and to exchange information and ideas to help the citizens of our states and territories.”

In the current financial crisis, credit cards will continue to pose a serious threat to consumers’ financial well being. Guest speakers during the NAAG Spring Meeting will discuss policy considerations for the marketing and servicing of credit cards and offer perspectives on credit card reform.

Another important topic for Attorneys General is the safety of minors using social networking sites and protecting children from sexual predators and inappropriate content. One of the meeting sessions will provide perspectives on recent developments related to the efforts of the Social Networking Multistate Group and guest speakers will discuss promising age/identity verification technologies.

For a copy of the Spring Meeting agenda, go to www. naag.org.

Other NAAG news: NAAG is a partner in the Federal Trade Commission’s National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 1-7, Nuts and Bolts: Tools for Today’s Economy. Attorneys General know from experience that, particularly in this economic downturn, consumers can be taken advantage of by fraud schemes. The NCPW Web site, http://www.consumer.gov/ncpw, has the tools consumers can use to recognize a rip off, sniff out a scam, and make smart choices for today’s market.

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The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.

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